There is Panic in the Backyard Poultry World This Morning

Shelley Wenger

Due to thousands of minks getting out.
Photo byShelley Wenger at Canva

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I woke up this morning and couldn’t believe my feed when I sat down to take a quick check on Facebook. Many poultry groups (especially in Pennsylvania) were warning other backyard chicken owners that they needed to keep an extra careful eye on their beloved pets. They were sharing this article.

Now, as someone who has lost a whole group of chickens in one night by mink, I know how dangerous they can be to chickens. While my chickens are generally safe in a dog run, the truth is that minks can get in the holes of a dog run and go after your birds. However, your chickens won’t go through the holes, so you may go out to a fence with multiple chickens stuck in the holes of your fencing. Trust me, you don’t want to see that!

Even worse, they don’t always kill chickens to eat them. They barely eat any of them. They just enjoy the kill. Not only that, but they will kill all of your chickens, eat a little, and then leave. This can be devastating to a chicken lover.

So, if you live in Pennsylvania and have chickens, you are going to want to be a little more vigilant with them over the next few days and weeks. Make sure that you lock everyone up overnight and do your best to critter-proof your pen!

Also, if you see a mink that isn’t the normal brownish color, you may be seeing one that escaped. They are warning people not to trap them or try to grab them because they will bite, and that can be dangerous to you!

Stay safe PA!


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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